Michael Jackson Lover: Liberace's Ex, Scott Thorson, Renews Claim

Image: Michael Jackson Lover: Liberace's Ex, Scott Thorson, Renews Claim Entertainer Liberace, left, is seen with Scott Thorson, his bodyguard, chauffeur and confidant, at a Boston area restaurant in 1981.

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 11:30 AM

By Ken Mandel

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If Matt Damon wants to reprise his role as Liberace's ex-lover Scott Thorson, the sequel could be a "Thriller."

Thorson, the man whose memoir inspired the HBO film, "Behind the Candelabra," has also claimed to have had a "six or seven year" romantic relationship with pop music superstar Michael Jackson, according to the New York Daily News.

"Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s," Thorson, 54, told the British tabloid, The Sun. "It was right around the time 'Thriller' was coming out and Michael and I became lovers."

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Thorson, 54, initially told of his time with Jackson to the National Enquirer in 2004, about five years before Jackson's death at the age 50. He said the two first became intimate at the home of the late British female impersonator Danny La Rue.

"I was standing only a few feet away from Michael when he motioned with his hand to come over to him and join him in bed," Thorson told the paper. "I climbed onto the bed. Our lovemaking session lasted about an hour."

At the time, Jackson's lawyer, Steve Cochran called the report "false trash."

Thorson told The Sun that "Michael was very generous, too. He treated me well" during the relationship.

As a potential $40-million, wrongful-death lawsuit continues between Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert promoter AEG continues in a Los Angeles court, Thorson is dealing with legal troubles of his own. He was recently bailed out of jail by the owner of the Bunny Ranch brothel, while he awaits sentencing on burglary charges.

He told The Sun that he enjoyed the way he was portrayed in the movie.

"Matt Damon did a great job playing me," Thorson said. "And he did a great job in bed with Douglas, too. I needed to see Jason Bourne on top of Gordon Gekko."

Thorson, who in 1982 filed a $113 million lawsuit against Liberace, but settled out of court in 1986 for $75,000, three cars and two pet dogs, didn't approve of his payment for the movie, and resents the stars who wouldn't post his bail.

"Hollywood turned its back on me," he told the paper. "Matt Damon or Michael Douglas would not bail me out, even though I offered to talk to them about the film. I didn't make much out of the movie. I own a small percentage of the film, but Hollywood is notorious for padding the bill so its shows no profit. It has been a big success, all these European companies have picked it up. So for the filmmakers to say they haven't made a dime would be a big mistake — especially with my mouth."

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The made-for-TV movie, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and featured Rob Lowe, scored the largest audience for an original movie on the cable channel since 2004. The Nielsen Company said 2.4 million people tuned in to the Memorial Day premiere, the biggest audience for one of its original movies since 2004's "Something the Lord Made."

Another 1.1 million people watched a repeat of the film that began immediately after the first airing.

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